Awake

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Released 2008

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Director:
Joby Harold
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Awake is a 2007 crime thriller written and directed by Joby Harold that revolves around the story of a rich and handsome man, Clayton Beresford Jr. (Hayden Christensen), who has a severe heart problem that needs to be addressed through an open heart surgery. His protective mother, Lilith (Lena Olin), insists that the surgery be performed by an experienced and notorious heart surgeon, but Clay prefers to trust his friend, Dr. Jack Harper (Terrance Howard). His young wife whom Clay married just before the surgery, Sam Lockwood (Jessica Alba), seems to have something to hide and provokes strong suspicion in Lilith's mind. During the surgery Clay experiences a rare condition called anesthesia awareness, which causes him to feel the pain in spite of anesthetic medication administration, but he cannot move at all to let doctors know that he is conscious. His mother's suspicions prove to be right as they discover a dirty plot between Sam and Dr. Jack to kill Clay and steal his wealth.moreless

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  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    Trashily in-your-face thriller, which leans heavily for its effects on intense sympathy pain, improbable reversals and the mystifying star appeal of Jessica Alba.

  • 40

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Harold's thriller does have an attention-getting plot hook, but piles on too many narrative gimmicks to maintain suspense or credibility.

  • 30

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    The writer and director, Joby Harold, claims to have been inspired to write the film while suffering from a particularly painful kidney stone. Watching it may be for some a compara...

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Psychological, Medical, Thrillers, wine